Note:  Many of these recipes are either directly from other sites (credited where I can find them), or are my own modifications on things I found on the web.

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Also note some useful kitchen resources at the bottom



Here’s one of several cookbooks I plan to scan in and post:

CSA Czech-American Cuisine – A cookbook my Mom got in Chicagoland MAANNYY years ago.  don’t plan on finding a lot of tofu-health-conscious-crunchy-granola recipes in here….



“Iowa Style Chicken”This may have come from my Paternal Grandfather's family - we're only guessing, since he was born in Otho, Iowa. One of his favorites...
Potato DumplingsAnother family recipe - again, attributed to Grandma Cechura, until I hear otherwise.... This was part of a duck, dumpling, and sauerkraut meal that, according to the recipe, was started at 8:30 in the morning, and was intended to be ready by noon for everyone to eat.
Sauerkraut – Cechura Family Recipe from MichiganI got this one from my Dad's Cousin Mike, who still lives on the family farm in western Michigan. It's a family recipe, but not one I had tried before I made a visit up there in 2022 for the first time. Goes very well with the dumplings I'll be posting,. At the moment, we believe this is Grandma Cechura's recipe (my great-grandmother) This was part of a duck, dumpling, and sauerkraut meal that, according to the recipe, was started at 8:30 in the morning, and was intended to be ready by noon for everyone to eat.
Whoop-Ass FajitasThis one was given to me by a technician I worked with who served the dish at a annual Boondock Saints (I and II) viewing party.
Tex-mex “Award Winning” SalsaI haven't won any awards, but others claim they have with the one this is based off of, and it's similar to a restaurant, as well. Original:
Chicken in Garlic-Shallot GravyOriginal here: When I made this, the chicken was so tender, Melissa had to ask if I had cooked the chicken in the instapot (I did not!)
JambalayaI think the word "Jambalaya" is a cajun word for "clean out the fridge." I've made it with multiple kinds of deer meat in place of the Andouille sausage before, and added all kinds of other things. Either way, this is a pretty easy "hard to screw up" dish, as log as you keep it stirring and don't let things stick or burn before simmering the rice at the end.
Soy-Garlic Cremaa bit of a fusion-type accessory for tacos, burritos and other such meals
Svíčková (Pickled Beef)This one is fun... handed down through the generations, and never REALLY written down. a pinch of this, a dash of that, salt to taste.... so I'm working on documenting it here.
Rice PilafOriginal Recipe posted here:
Instant Pot Ham & Bean SoupSimple soup recipe for the instant pot! Original recipe here:
Salted Caramel Butter BarsOriginal Source: another awesome find by Melissa. I'm sure they're terrible if you're diabetic, but they are just freaking awesome!
Momma’s White Chicken ChiliBased on the McCormick White Chicken Chili packet, but with a slight twist. a GREAT crock pot meal - don't let the cook time scare you, this is a "cook for 6 hours on low" type meal. Pairs VERY well with the creamed corn souffle as a side!
Creamed Corn SouffleThis comes from a number of different sources, with my own spin put on it.... one such source:
Santa Fe SlopSouthwestern-Themed thick soup or stew. Great for cool weather meals! Credit: Melissa's friend Paige
Sloppy Joe Mac N’ CheeseMy lovely wife found a variation of this online... I changed it to just use my existing other recipes... it came out very well!
Sweet Onion AppetizerThis comes from a copy of 'Southern Living" (Issue unknown)... something I'm pretty sure my mother in law printed out or copied and left in my kitchen. It was worth a shot, and ended up being well worth the minimal effort!!
Grilled Chicken RubEasy rub for grilled chicken another slight adaptation... original source:
Maui-Steak (or Chicken) Burritosstarted as a copy of something i had at Wahoo's Fish Tacos ( ) in Huntington Beach, and morphed into something a bit different.
corn in butter sauceOriginal:
Sokol Berwyn Sloppy Joeone my mom has made for years - the main idea was that If everyone followed the same recipe, each family only used 1# of meat and they could put them all together in a big pot to feed everyone at a big doing. This batch serves 4-5.
Chicken Tetrazzinifairly simple chicken tetrazzini recipe, with some modifications. Original Source:, with some modifications....
Spanish RiceFairly authentic spanish rice. Source:
Beef Stroganoff (instant pot)"A truly one-pot meal! Fork-tender beef and mushrooms with egg noodles. This recipe is written using the Instant Pot®." VERY tender beef!!" From
Saifun Saladlight salad with vinegar/oil dressing. Great for spring / summer dinners, served with dinner rolls.
Smoked TurkeySmoked Turkey, brine, and rub recipes (required prep time the night before)
SalsaBasic Mild Salsa - Similar to more mild resaurant salsas

Some basic measurement conversions – I will admit, some of my recipes call for 1/4 cup of one thing, then 4 tbsp of another…. i’ll work on that. In the meantime, this will help!

  • 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons = 1/2 tablespoon
  • 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
  • 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
  • 16 tablespoons = 1 cup
  • 1 cup = 1/2 pint
  • 2 cups = 1 pint
  • 4 cups = 1 quart
  • 2 pints = 1 quart
  • 1 cup = 8 fluid ounces
  • 32 ounces = 1 quart
  • 2 quarts = 1/2 gallon
  • 4 quarts = 1 gallon
  • 1 stick of butter = 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup

FDA Safe Cooking Guidelines – Click the thermometer to open the PDF